Graduate to Compete in Miss America Contest September 20

April 08, 2010

Janelle Couts, a 2002 graduate of Mount Union College and the current Miss Ohio, will compete in the nationally-televised 2003 Miss America competition on September 20 on ABC at 8 p.m.

Couts graduated from Mount Union with a business administration major and French minor. Her ambition is to pursue musical theatre courses in addition to obtaining a master's degree in entertainment marketing.

Her platform is "Bridging the Generation Gap Through Music and the Arts." According to Couts, if she were chosen as Miss America, she would work to raise public awareness regarding the high demand for quality presentations of the arts in elderly communities and reinforce the effectiveness of music as a way to enrich the lives of the elderly. Couts would like to partner with the non-profit organization, Access to the Arts, which is founded in Cleveland and has served nursing home communities for over 11 years. Also, according to Couts, the Alzheimer's Foundation has wonderful charity events that benefit the senior population, and this non-profit organization supports any efforts to increase the quality of life of seniors.

"I would love to involve the next generation in the effort to change the lives of the senior population by visiting college music and art programs and sharing service project ideas," said Couts, who has performed as a vocalist in over 80 different elderly care facilities. " I would prepare fun and appropriate programs for high school music groups and elementary aged children to perform in nursing homes, offering an opportunity for getting involved in community service. It would be an honor to see the generation behind me start making a difference and help build a stronger community of arts in the retirement community."

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